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Is it correct to state the seats being lost by PSOE are the "back-benchers" and the party leadership will retain theirs?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:50:04 PM EST
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Absolutely.

All the leaders get seats.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:53:40 PM EST
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DAMN it!!!

If the leaders had been thrown out they would have paid the price for their policies.  As it is, they won't and have no incentive too.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:12:29 PM EST
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There will presumably be a PSOE party congress and an overhaul of the leadership. However, the presumptive frontrunner in a congress after a Rubalcaba rout is Carme Chacón, currently a minister.

Stalking horses might be people like Eduardo Madina, a young Basque socialist who hasn't been in government yet.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:15:05 PM EST
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This is a closed-party-list system. The battle to get a "safe" position in a constituency list happens within the party.

A lot of dissident backbenchers knew back in September during the constitutional reform debacle that they would not repeat. Some people in the party leadership, or in the cabinet, had decided not to run for a seat again.

Zapatero is not running for a seat. The party's organization secretary, Jose Blanco, is. Rubalcaba, the leading candidate, will run for Madrid, but he holds no party or government positions so he doesn't have a position to resign after losing big tonight.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 01:56:46 PM EST
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